Steven Altman

Benedict and Altman
247 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 8901
(732) 745-9000

Steven D. Altman  is a partner and founding member of the firm. After graduating from Suffolk Law School in Boston in 1969, he enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard, where he spent six years. Once he completed basic training, Mr. Altman started his legal career in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office as a member of the Criminal Justice Division. Fortunately, Mr. Altman found an opportunity to fulfill his goal of becoming a criminal trial attorney when he was offered a position in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. He remained there for five years, when he left to enter private practice. During that five-year period, he tried a wide variety of cases, ranging from murder and rape, to narcotics, wiretap cases, and thefts. For two of those years he was Supervisor of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Task Force. In 1978, decided to form a partnership with his former colleague from the Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph Benedict. Mr. Altman’s entire legal career has exclusively been devoted to criminal law. More particularly, he has been involved in countless trials for capital murder, narcotics, political corruption, and financial crimes. He is one of the few lawyers who had tried wiretap cases, as well as a significant number of cases pertaining to different forms of sexual abuse, and numerous trials alleging vehicular homicide. Mr. Altman is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney. He has been named in New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2005; and in “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 1995. In 2012 and 2014, Best Lawyers named him “Lawyer of the Year” for New Jersey in the area of Criminal Defense. New York Magazine annually rates him as one of the top criminal lawyers in the metropolitan New York City area, and “American Trial Lawyers” considers him one fo the top 100 trial lawyers in the area of criminal law. Martindale Hubbell, one of the oldest rating services, continuously awards him an “AV” rating, their highest. Practice areas: Criminal law Criminal appeals DUI/DWI Drug crimes White-collar crime Juvenile criminal law Traffic violations Parole and probation Peer Review Rating:   AV Rated  by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Biography: Born in Newark, New Jersey, June 25, 1944 Named as a Best Lawyer in the Field of Criminal Defense, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015 Named Lawyer of the Year, New Jersey Criminal Defense, Best, 2012, 2014 Named  Super Lawyer , Criminal Law, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2005-2015 New Jersey Deputy Attorney General,,19691970 Assistant Prosecutor, Chief Special Enforcement Section, Middlesex County, 19701975 Borough Attorney Borough of Spotswood, 19761990 Borough of Jamesburg, 19861991 Assignment Judge’s Criminal Law Committee member, 1986present Middlesex County Ethics Committee, Member (19871990) and Chairman (19891990) Supreme Court Committee on Criminal Practice member, 19851987 Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Attorney Certification